I told one of my friends about it, and he loved it
all of Neil Gaiman's books
he brings the creepy story to life in a way I did not get from the book
I read it wen I was 10 and loved it, I read it another time wen i was 13 and it is still one of the greatest (yet creepy) books i have read. love the movie too lives up to the book but they changed some stuff and added stuff the clay animation is amazing for the story if you like the book see the movie.
I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I would consider the Coraline audio edition better than the print because the book comes to life through the music and voices used for each character. I am better able to imagine the world of Coraline than if I were just reading the book.
My favorite character was the black cat in the story because it was nice to see Coraline have someone on her side against the other mother and he can be sarcastic and snarky with the way he speaks in riddles.
Neil Gaiman brings imagination to the book. With him being the author he knows how he wants the characters to sound and how to use inflection to carry the story. He did a great job of helping the reader visualize the dull world of Coraline and the colorful world of the other parents.
Not really, I had seen the movie so I knew how the book would pretty much go down. I was curious to see what was going to happen when Coraline went down into the basement when sent there by the "other mother."
While I was reading this book, I was wondering the whole time where the Wybie character was. I guess they invented him in the movie.
I love everything about this book. Now, the song that pops up several times in the reading.... yeah, I could do without that. Grated on my nerves.
Very different from the film version. Interesting and dark, with good moral lessons. Highly recommend it.
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While not quite "The Matrix" nor even "Alice in Wonderland", Coraline is a story well told, developed, and equally woven between the story world and ... an under-story world. Neil presents yet another masterfully crafted fantasy while easily having its own place in reality with how mainstream society can so easily induce individualism to the detriment of the nuclear family and further risking the entity of society itself. A must for readers of fiction.
Although I don't have any children, I found Neil Gaiman's story delightful to listen to. This wasn't the first Neil Gaiman book I listen to and I can say that this author has found a unique click into the imagination of children. What's more is that the more I listened to Coraline, the creepier I found the story. This is not a watered-down version of a tale for children. No, this is a creepy tale meant for children and I suspect that some children, especially the very young, would be scaried to listen to it.
Enjoying audiobooks daily!
This was a good book. It was even quite scary if you put yourself in Coraline's shoes. Creepy, silly and lots of fun. Gaiman is a good narrator, as well. Its awesome to know he could read me a book anytime!
I thought it well written and the reader was excellent. Coraline though a little dark was well worth the listen. (What's up with the singing mice?)
The book is spooky, yet childlike. It's quite similar to the movie, although the secondary character "Wybie", was not in the book. Gaiman reads his own books, and does an excellent job. The background music was produced for the book, and suits the mood far better than the canned music used in many books.
If you like spooky fantasy stories in the thirteen+ age range, this is an excellent choice.